Lifemark in New Zealand has developed standards for home design. The Handbook explains the seven areas that are important to get right at the design or renovation stage of a home. They include the minimum structural and spatial requirements that cannot be changed later without major expense. They have also included the most important home injury prevention standards because of the value of reducing the significant costs and social burden associated with home injuries.
You can access the overview and the detailed standards by going to the Lifemark Website and requesting a copy.
Although this video is about the specific requirements of one person, it shows how some design features, such as level entry into the home, could make a difference right from the outset – for everyone.
Emma’s Story You Tube video is provided by Home Design for Living
Banyule City Council Liveable Housing Design Guidelines – “Improving housing for people across their lifespan”. Edited transcript from live captioning of the presentation by Shawn Neilson and Joel Elbourne.
Synopsis: Shawn and Joel outline the process of engaging with developers to encourage the uptake of Banyule City Council’s Liveable Housing Design Guidelines in new housing developments. They show how it is possible to get buy-in from developers using local government resources.
Shawn Neilson and Joel Elbourne Transcript PDF
Shawn Neilson and Joel Elbourne Transcript Word
Link to presentation slides on Prezi
This 42 page handbook was published by the Queensland Department of Housing in 2004. It covers all aspects of the home and there is a short section on tenant rights, and also a list of some useful organisations. Download Over100waysToImproveAccessAtHome PDF
The Livable Housing Design Guidelines were developed by Livable Housing Australia, a not-for-profit company set up to promote the guidelines agreed by the housing industry and the community sector.
“Livable Housing Australia (LHA) is a partnership between community and consumer groups, government and industry. LHA champions the mainstream adoption of livable housing design principles in all new homes built in Australia. LHA arose from the National Dialogue on Universal Housing Design, which established nationally agreed guidelines on designing and building livable homes.” (Livable Housing Australia)
Although these Guidelines were endorsed by COAG and are cited in government policy documents, it remains to be seen if these Guidelines will be taken up by industry to meet their commitment of all new homes being built to the Guidelines by 2020. Regardless, the Guidelines remain an important reference document. Note the spelling of Livable is particular to these guidelines and is considered a brand name by LHA.
9 Jan 2017. Editor’s Note: It is almost two years since I posted this item and it is clear that the industry is not interested in implementing these guidelines. Regulation is the only way for industry to keep a level playing field and to know what to do and how to do it.
Although this set of guidelines was published in 2008, the information is as relevant today as it was when first published. The designs and costings were well researched and there are sample plans for all types of dwellings.
Universal Housing Design Guidelines
Handbook PDF 3MB Factsheet PDF 2MB
You can download a copy of all of the related guidelines for urban development from the publications section of the old Landcom site.